I must admit to be slightly caught out by the arrival of this month’s Tree Following: I woke up this morning and realised that today is last day for sharing the post with the other Tree Followers (7th to 14th of every month is the time frame). I duly waited for daylight to make it’s steady appearance before marching down to Rookery Park to see what was going on with our Avenue of Limes.
Last month the Avenue was still green, with only the first signs of yellow appearing here and there. In the space of a few weeks the tree have been completely denuded. I was a little surprised that it had happened so quickly; the Lime lined roads near us still have a sparse covering of yellow foliage:
There could well be a variety of factors accounting for the difference: the slightly more sheltered environment of the suburban road rather than the open park; the regular pollarding of the roadside trees keeping them in ruder health; genetic differences between the two groups. All that aside, I was surprised to have completely missed the colour change of the park-dwelling trees. Here and there, a smattering of leaves remained attached to the trees:
I managed to find a few of these leaves hanging low enough to take a couple of close ups:
On my way out of the park I noticed that one section of the Avenue (one which I rarely walk down as it leads to a different exit to the one I usually use) had a number of trees with extremely dense growth around the crown:
I have noticed Lime trees are a little prone to this sort of behaviour, although I’m not sure why. I assume there’s an environmental consideration, as three trees on this particular section are showing this growth, but none of the others in different areas of the park are.
Well it was a bit last minute but I feel like it’s been an interesting Tree Following all the same. You can find more such posts by following the link below:
Thanks for reading!